" I'm cold."
" Come let me hold you."
William kicked off the console and gently collided with Nova, sinking into his arms.
... He did feel colder than usual. Nova wrapped around him.
" Hey, Nova. Let's trade secrets. We gotta stay awake, you know."
" You go first, then."
" I had an affair with my freshman xenobiology teacher in academy."
" I slept with one of my servants."
" Like, your first time, or...?"
" Yes." A moment where he felt a bit standoffish. " Your turn, Wille."
William was quiet for a moment.
" I feel like what happened to Kirie was my fault. It was my fault."
" ... I requested to be onboard your ship specifically, because I wanted to see who had defeated my father."
The stars outside were pretty.
" I sabotage Kirie's promotions because I don't want her to leave me."
" ... I killed my favorite brother because he asked me to."
" William? Don't fall asleep, William-"